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Hailstorm hits Penafiel

Published:  23 July, 2008

Vineyards flattened

A huge hailstorm and almost unprecedented flooding have hit Peafiel in Ribera del Duero, reports Harold Heckle.

The "downpour was so extreme that the area looked more like Mendoza in Argentina, with mothball-sized hail covering the ground to a depth of two feet. Rivers of water a metre deep ran through the streets.

It is estimated that around 200 hectares of Ribera del Duero vineyards have been flattened. So, prices are not likely to come down, and we may yet see some interesting shenanigans from producers who have lost all their fruit."